Peter Sheppard Skaerved at St Edmund’s Chapel

Cultural programme : St Edmunds Chapel Dover

St Edmund’s Chapel Dover – Saturday October 26th 

Peter Sheppard Skærved – Violins

St Edmunds chapel was packed for the concert

An amazing concert…. a beautiful performance. It felt such a privilege to be there in the chapel
Such passion and talent. We were spoilt. Thank you Peter.
Thank you!! It was fabulous!!
Super performance and a great event for Dover.
We really enjoyed Saturday – it was a special evening!

Peter Sheppard Skærved writes: ‘I was first introduced to this amazing building seven years ago, and that first impression remains indelible. St Edmunds was built in and was witness to, turbulent times – the long reign of Henry III. It is the only church in the UK to have been founded by one British saint, in honour of another one. The two Saints, Richard and Edmund, have been in my mind as this programme came  together, along with the thought of the ‘kist’ under the altar, where the relics of St Richard were buried, and where, according to a witness,  ‘many favours were granted’.

I imagined a series of conversations taking place in this astonishing space, and they took musical form. Nigel Clarke, who grew up in Margate, laments the death of Edith Cavell.  Kent-based composer Paul Pellay chats with a group of 18thcentury worthies about a pub song, which became, over time, something quite different. Nicola LeFanu talks with the 17thcentury sculptor Gibbons about two musical saints. Evis Sammoutis reaches out to the Languedoc-ian music heard across Europe in the age of Richard the Lionheart, Henry III’s uncle. And I have re- imagined the earliest surviving musical round with English words, ‘somer is icumen in’, which survives in a manuscript dating from the 1260s, just a decade after the foundation of St Edmunds.’

Nigel Clarke – ‘An Epitaph to Edith Cavell – “Where a scarlet flower will blossom”’ 2014
Paul Pellay – ‘Anacreantics- Flights of fancy on an old English drinking song’ 2018 (world premiere)
Nicola LeFanu – ‘Prelude after Grinling Gibbons -St Cecelia & King David’ 2018
Evis Sammoutis – ‘Nicosia Etudes 1 & 2’
Johann Sebastian Bach – Chaconne from the D minor Partita 1720
Anon – Passacaglia ‘Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern’/ ‘How beautifully Shines the Morning Star’ 1670Peter Sheppard Skærved – ‘3 Plaints’ 2017-19 &        ‘St Edmunds Chapel – Gaudete cum lætitia’ 2019 (world premiere)

Peter Sheppard Skærved is honoured to have worked with Dover Arts Development since 2012. He sees Dover as one of his artistic homes. He has a truly international career: in the past few weeks he has given solo recitals in Iceland and Cyprus, as well as filming on the historic instruments of the Metropolitan Museum in New York City. He is the dedicatee of well over 400 works for violin, and has released over 70 albums of works ranging from cycles of sonatas and concerti by Beethoven, Schubert, Tartini and Telemann, to many of the works written for him. These have resulted in a Grammy Nomination, as well as awards from the BBC Music Magazine and Gramophone Magazine. He is married to the Danish writer Malene Skærved and they live by the Thames in East London.